Posts Tagged ‘Labor contracts’

Strike Against Akron Metro Averted Again

November 14, 2021

A strike by Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority workers on Monday has been postponed.

Members of The Transport Workers Union of America Local 1 had been prepared to walk off the job after failing to reach a new contract agreement.

However, the national leadership of the union called off the strike and placed Local 1 into temporary receivership.

A statement released by the union said Local 1 had not given “appropriate notice required to authorize a strike.”

The national office of the union has sent representatives to Akron to investigate the local and to take over the contract negotiations.

Members of Local 1 have been working without a contract since July 31, 2020.

“Many of our members here in Summit County reached out to the international union concerned that the local union’s president is no longer employed by METRO,” said Willie Brown, director of the national union’s transit division. “The strike authorization vote was administered improperly, and adequate notice was not provided to the international union in violation of the TWU constitution.”

Brown said a strike may be necessary late but there may be other options as well.

Union members had been prepared to strike or begin picketing on Nov. 4. The union later set a strike date of Nov. 15.

Akron Metro Facing Bus Driver Strike

November 4, 2021

Akron Metro RTA bus drivers may walk off the job Nov. 15 after failing to reach a new contract agreement.

The drivers had threatened to strike Nov. 4 if they did not reach a new agreement. However, the public transit agency said Wednesday evening it had been assured by Transport Workers Union Local 1 that there would be no strike or picketing on Thursday.

Contract talks between the two sides have drug on for more than a year.

Metro said has offered the union what it termed a final proposal and asked for a vote on the pact by union members.

Major issues in the negotiations include wages, health insurance and other issues.

TWU represents 71 percent of Metro employees including 239 bus drivers, 17 vehicle service employees, four vehicle detailers and 12 customer care representatives.

Metro has 378 employees including 32 mechanics who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 348.

Members of the TWU approved a strike authorization vote on Sept. 11, which gave union leaders authority to call a strike if they decide one is necessary.

Metro’s fleet included 231 vehicles – 140 large buses and 91 paratransit vehicles – that serve 29 local routes and other services.

Agreement Averts Possible Strike Against SEPTA

November 2, 2021

A potential transit strike has been averted in Philadelphia after the two sides reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority reached the pact with the Transit Workers Union Local 234, which represents many SEPTA workers.

In a news release, SEPTA said new contract affects employees of the city, suburban and Frontier Transit divisions and provides pay hikes, a pandemic payment, paid parental leave and Juneteenth as a new paid holiday.

Members of the union must still vote to ratify the agreement before it becomes effective. The SEPTA governing board also must approve the agreement.

Unions Report Little Progress in Contract Talks

September 24, 2021

Although no agreement is imminent railroad labor unions continue to talk with the nation’s railroads about a new contract although progress has been slow to achieve.

The Coordinated Bargaining Coalition, which represents the unions, said in-person bargaining sessions resumed in August. The two sides have been meeting since early 2020.

The protracted nature of the talks is not unexpected as it typically has taken years for unions and railroads to hammer out an agreement.

The CBC said this week that it has not received any carrier proposals since January 2021 that  it considers “worthy of consideration.

In a statement, the CBC said its position is that the unions are not going to accept a concessionary agreement on a voluntary basis.

A CBC statement said union workers believe they have been treated like expendable workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our members are infuriated that they have worked through these conditions without a wage increase in over two years and it is unacceptable that the nation’s rail carriers continue to stonewall CBC unions in our effort to settle our contract negotiations on a voluntary basis,” the statement said.

Unions Deride Contract Proposals

January 24, 2021

Railroad labor unions said last week that none of the new contract proposals made by the Class 1 railroads have been worthy of consideration.

The statement put out by the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition said it will continue to meet with representatives of the carriers.

The CBC represents more than 105,000 railroad workers or more than 80 percent of the workforce that is affected by the negotiations.

Meetings with the National Carriers Conference Committee began in late 2019. The NCCC represents most Class 1 railroads and some smaller carriers.

The union announcement noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has made meetings a challenge and most presentations have been made virtually. Additional meeting have been set early this year.

“The parties will continue to meet in good faith as we move into 2021, fully cognizant that it is our members who must ratify any voluntary agreement,” the union statement said.

Although the previous contract has expired, that contract remains in force and there is no expiration date.

The last contract talks began in January 2015 and didn’t conclude until late 2018 with some terms of the new agreement being applied retroactively.

The last railroad work stoppage occurred in 1992.

The unions involved in the CBC include the American Train Dispatchers Association; the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen/Teamsters Rail Conference; the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; the International Association of Machinists; the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers/SEIU; the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the Transport Workers Union of America  the Transportation Communications Union/IAM, including TCU’s Brotherhood of Railway Carmen Division; and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Approves New Labor Pact

January 5, 2021

Pittsburgh’s transit agency has approved a new contract with the union representing its light-rail operators, maintenance and service personnel, administrative employees, and first-level supervisors.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County agreed to give members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 a 2.75 percent wage increases in both years of the contract at a total cost of $7.8 million.

The contract changes the health insurance carrier for retirees who are at least 65 years old, which is expected to save the agency $10 million over the next two years.

The contract extends protections to non-operations employees who are assaulted while on duty, and includes various work rule changes that are expected to save the authority $1 million.

The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2020, and extends through June 30, 2022. The previous four-year contract expired June 30, 2020.

BLET Workers OK Contract With Susie Q

December 4, 2020

Union workers at the New York, Susqhehanna & Western have ratified a new five-year contract.

The pact governs wages, benefits and work rules for 45 members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

It also includes retroactive pay and general wage increases each year through Jan. 1, 2024, BLET said in a news release.

The contract provides for increased certification pay for locomotive engineers and additional paid time off for all members.

BLET members who have been employed for 25 years or more will receive a sixth week of vacation.

Based in Cooperstown, New York, the NYS&W operates over 400 miles of track in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Transit Workers Reach Tentative New Contract

November 19, 2020

Pittsburgh transit workers have reached a tentative new contract with the Port Authority of Allegheny County.

Officials of the Amalgamated Transit Union declined to release information on contract terms, but said it will cover 2,300 operators, maintenance workers and office staff.

The union’s previous contract with the Port Authority had expired on June 30.

Union members will now vote on the pact and it will then be presented to the Port Authority board.

Earlier statements by the union indicated that a stumbling block in reaching a new contract had been the length of the deal.

The union sought a three-year contract where the Port Authority was demanding a two-year deal with a re-opener for the third year.

The Port Authority had cited falling and uncertain ridership due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ridership on Pittsburgh transit buses and light rail trains had fallen to 80 percent of 2019 levels but has since rebounded to 60 percent below last year.

Indiana Southern Workers Ratify New Contract

November 6, 2020

A new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by employees of the Indiana Southern Railroad.

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said the five-year contract governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for 17 members, including locomotive engineers and conductors.

The ISRR union workers belong to BLET Division 270 based in Washington, Indiana.

The ISRR is part of the Genesee & Wyoming and operates 196 miles of former Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central track between Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana.

Primary commodities hauled include coal and agricultural commodities that are interchanged with CSX, Norfolk Southern and the Indiana Rail Road.

BLET Reaches Pact with Indiana Short Line

July 3, 2020

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said this week it has reached a tentative agreement with the Indiana Southern Railroad.

The pact governs rates of pay, benefits and work rules for 17 members, including locomotive engineers and conductors.

Ratification ballots were mailed June 25 to active members of the BLET employed by the ISRR and are due by July 21.

In a news release, BLET said ISRR members belong to Division 270 located in Washington, Indiana, which is a part of the CP Rail-U.S. General Committee of Adjustment.

The BLET organized the ISRR, which is part of short line holding company Genesee & Wyoming,  in September 2002.

It operates 196 miles of track between Indianapolis and Evansville. Primary commodities hauled include coal and agricultural commodities.